Arsenal are reportedly confident of extending Dani Ceballos’ loan spell should the Premier League season stretch beyond 30 June, according to the Evening Standard.
Last summer, the Gunners brought Ceballos to the Emirates Stadium on a season-long stint from Real Madrid for a reported £15million fee (The Sun).
The 23-year-old was reportedly open to cutting short his stay in January as a result of a lack of game time, but has since worked his way into Mikel Arteta’s plans.
However, there is now huge uncertainty over when the 2019-20 season will finish, with English football suspended due to the global health crisis.
At present, the season is set to resume on 30 April, but this depends on how the situation unfolds, with the resumption date already pushed back once from 3 April.
One dilemma for clubs is regarding their players’ contracts, which either expire on 30 June or roll into the 2020-21 season, and if the current season goes beyond that date, there could be legal ramifications.
However, the Evening Standard has claimed that Arsenal’s hierarchy is are relaxed about the Ceballos situation and, although no formal talks have as yet taken place, senior figures at the club believe Real will not oppose an extension.
While there are more pressing concerns than football right now, the football industry – like all other industries affected – is having to look at ways to tie up all the necessary loose ends and also ensure as much continuity as possible going forward once the global health crisis subsides.
The issue of player contracts is one of the many facing clubs, but for Arsenal, the post-season future of at least one player appears to be on course for a positive resolution, if the report is to be believed.
Ceballos has become a key player for Arteta’s Arsenal in the weeks prior to the suspension, so if he stays on until the 2019-20 season is wrapped up, it’ll be a huge boost for the Gunners.